Sexual Harassment & Gender-Based Discrimination
The Sexual Harassment & Gender-Based Discrimination spoke values the fundamental dignity and quality of all people. Sexual harassment behaviors such as unwanted touching, jokes and slurs, and unwelcome questions contribute to a feeling of fear and trepidation. This is amplified when women experience unfair treatment, shame, marginalization, and blatant disregard due to their gender. According to research, either or both of these experiences diminish a woman’s sense of self-respect, confidence, and security. For women to speak up and lead out, and even just participate in society as an equal contributor, they need to feel safe and respected. This spoke will focus on ways that Utah can decrease sexual harassment and a variety of other types of gender-based discrimination.
Executive Director, UCLI
Kaitlyn Pieper is the Executive Director for the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Her career has focused on housing affordability efforts, rural engagement initiatives, strengthening community partnerships, and conducting research.
Board Member, UCLI
Jonathan Hafen is a Board Member for the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion and a trial lawyer at Parr Brown with extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial cases. He also provides community service throughout Utah.
To make Utah a place where more girls and women can thrive, the Sexual Harassment & Gender-Based Discrimination spoke leaders, affiliates, and participants are currently working to craft bold goals for 2026 and 2030. These goals will be linked to measurable outcomes, connected to visual dashboards, and will be posted in June of 2023. Through finding, collecting, and visualizing data for this spoke, changes over time can be tracked and utilized to create momentum for additional changes.